Community Service Forum Planned for Sept 24 and Oct 2

Two upcoming Community Service Forums will allow interested citizens in Mequon and Thiensville to learn more about how they can give back to their community through elected office, appointed positions and volunteer roles.

The forums will take place Sept. 24 and Oct. 2 in the conference room of Range Line School in Mequon, with both events starting at 6:30 p.m. The events are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ozaukee County and InformMT.

The September 24 meeting will be televised and broadcast on local cable channels 13 and 22.

Participants will include individuals who have previously held elected and volunteer roles locally; they will share insights on time commitment, how to pursue various volunteer positions, elections, and other aspects of community involvement. A League of Women Voters representative will serve as moderator and host for the session, which will include opportunities for attendees to ask questions.

Range Line School is located at 11040 Range Line Rd. in Mequon.

 

Ozaukee County, School Board, The City, The Village

Mequon Passes Social Host Ordinance

As reported by the News Graphic, Tuesday night the Mequon Common Council voted to approve a Social Host Ordinance.  In doing so, the city joins Thiensville and communities across the country in trying to deter parents from hosting underage drinkers in their home.

While adults can currently be cited for hosting underage drinkers, the fine is $376.  The new ordinance allows citations carrying a fine of up to $2,500 (in Thiensville, the fine can go to $5,000) if a parent knowingly allows underage consumption.

To read the entire article, click here.  To read the ordinance, click here and scroll to page 80 of 172.

The City, The Village

MTSD Starts the School Year with Good News About Performance

HHS CLASS OF 2014 RECORDS HIGHEST ACT SCORE IN SCHOOL HISTORY

The HHS Class of 2014 scored a 26.0 on the ACT test, the highest average in school history.  The District has scored 25.0 or higher each of the last 8 years.  For more information, click here.

NEWSWEEK BLOG NAMES HHS #1 HIGH SCHOOL IN WISCONSIN

Newsweek magazine’s The Daily Beast blog recently posted its assessment of high schools nationwide and Homestead High School was featured prominently on the list.  The school was named #10 in the Midwest and 98th overall.  Three of the schools ranked ahead of Homestead in the Midwest were magnet schools, and one, Edina High School in Edina Minnesota, is a school and district commonly used as a benchmark for MTSD.  For more information on the rankings and a link to the survey results, click here.

 

 

The Schools

Ville du Parc Easement Changes Approved by Common Council

A special Common Council meeting last week brought closure to a lengthy dispute that pitted neighbor against neighbor in the Ville du Parc subdivision and brought standing-room-only crowds to Common Council meetings on more than one occasion.

At issue was the desire of River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt to create a subdivision on land that neighbors considered to be an easement written into their titles and unavailable for development.

A related issue was a proposal by Weickardt to bring consistency to  the array of easements in place in the various Ville du Parc neighborhoods.

A compromise agreed to in April provided Weickardt with a go-ahead from the City to build a much smaller number of homes and will preserve the rest of the land including extensive Milwaukee River frontage thanks to an arrangement between the City of Mequon and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.  Changes have also been made to write continuity into the various easements, some of which had expired, in the neighborhood.

For more information, click here.

 

Uncategorized

Taste of Mequon Planned for September 13

The City of Mequon hopes to repeat the success of last year’s first Taste of Mequon on September 13.  Nearly 20 local restaurants will offer taste opportunities, and the day’s events will also include an art show and music.  To see the day’s agenda, click here.

There is also a separate agenda of children’s activities at several sites in the community. For more info on children’s events, click here.

Cedarburg Road from Mequon Road to Division Street will be closed from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, but library access will be available by accessing the parking lot from the north at the intersection of Division/Main Streets.

Drivers traveling north on Cedarburg Road will be diverted at Mequon Road, west to Buntrock Avenue, then north to Division Street and east to Main Street and southbound drivers coming from Thiensville will follow the same path in the opposite direction.

The City

Sixth District Election to Pit Grothman Against Harris

After the dust settled and the August primary results were fully counted, Glenn Grothman emerged as the Republican victor and the candidate who will face Democrat Mark Harris, currently serving as Winnebago County Executive.

Grothman currently serves as State Senate Majority Leader and has represented the 20th Senate District since 2004.

The two candidates are vying for the seat vacated by Rep. Tom Petri, who decided to not run again this year after serving in the U.S. Congress since 1979.

For more information about the upcoming race, click here.

Ozaukee County

Final Reminder: MTSD Annual Meeting Monday 7/21 7pm at HHS

The Mequon Thiensville School District will put the sale of its 111 acre parcel in west Mequon up for a vote at its July 21 Annual Meeting. All present who are qualified electors (citizens over the age of 18) will have a vote in the decision which, if approved, would authorize the MTSD Board of Education to put the property up for sale and approve a sale.

Electors will also vote on the proposed school district budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Information about the potential sale decision can be reviewed here. Click on the MTSD graphic in the center of the page and a lengthy document will open outlining the factors involved in the decision and a recommendation for what the District would do with a proceeds of a sale, if approved.

The annual meeting will be at 7:00pm Monday, July 21 in the Homestead High School Auditorium.

School Board, School District, The Schools

MTSD Ad Hoc Committee Report: “A Two-Part Approach”

After months of discussion, information gathering and investigation, the Ad Hoc Committee established in January 2014 has completed its recommendation to the School Board.  The recommendation will be discussed at a Working Board meeting from 5:30-7:30pm Tuesday, July 8 at the Range Line School conference room.  No decision on the report will be made, however, at the meeting.

According to the report, the “Committee has identified a two part approach, designed to both provide some additional revenue and cost cutting suggetions, and to spur action in our community to find ways to sustain the excellence of education in MTSD. ”  The report includes both short term actions to provide “sustenance” and longer term actions.

The report can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

School Board, School District, The Schools, Uncategorized

MTSD Ad Hoc Committee Findings to be Discussed July 8 at Working Meeting

After a dozen meetings since its formation in January, the 17-member MTSD Ad Hoc Committee has created a recommendation that was endorsed by each of its members, according to the minutes of the June 3 final meeting. The charge of the committee was to find a way to financially sustain the quality of the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

Committee members included Julia Burke, Jeffrey Clark, Kim Ebinger, David Fuchs, Celeste Giunta, Tracy Johnson, Joseph Martin, Elizabeth O’Connor, John Peterburs, Jim Popp, Tom Price, Jack Rooney, Bryan Sadoff, Patti Schulz and Drew Wallach. Brian Levy and Jon Safran served as co-chairmen. Members applied in November and were chosen for their expertise in areas including education, business, finance, analysis, marketing, and large-scale non-profit board governance.

The Report of the Committee will be discussed at a Working Board meeting Tuesday, July 8, now scheduled for 5:30pm in the Range Line Conference Room. Although the report will not be available for viewing until July 7, readers can click on this link later on Monday and look for the report, check our website later on July 7 to find the report posted there, or watch for a Facebook or Twitter link to the report from InformMT.

To read the minutes of the Ad Hoc Committee meetings, click here.

School Board, School District, The Schools

MTSD Property Sale To Be Voted On at July 21 Annual Meeting. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO VOTE!

The Mequon Thiensville School District will put the sale of its 111 acre parcel in west Mequon up for a vote at its July 21 Annual Meeting. All present who are qualified electors (citizens over the age of 18) will have a vote in the decision which, if approved, would authorize the MTSD Board of Education to put the property up for sale and approve a sale.

Electors will also vote on the proposed school district budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Information about the potential sale decision can be reviewed here. Click on the MTSD graphic in the center of the page and a lengthy document will open outlining the factors involved in the decision and a recommendation for what the District would do with a proceeds of a sale, if approved.

The annual meeting will be at 7:00pm Monday, July 21 in the Homestead High School Auditorium.

School Board, School District, The Schools